Land, husband settle campaign complaint for $66,000

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 16:22:21-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has accepted a $66,000 fine to settle allegations that the husband of former U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land contributed too much money to her 2014 campaign.

The FEC said Dan Hibma made $700,000 in excessive contributions. Hibma, Land and her campaign agreed to settle the case without contesting the allegations.

Land listed two contributions from her personal account in 2013 and 2014. But the FEC says Hibma wired money from an account in his name to cover the payments.

The couple said “any violation was … unintentional.” The money was refunded after Land lost the election.

Gary Peters, a Democrat, easily defeated Land, a Republican. Land is a former Michigan secretary of state and Kent County clerk.